Americans are serious about their candy on Halloween. So much so that it’s grown into a two billion dollar industry in recent years. Whether you’re chaperoning your kids around the neighborhood for trick-or-treating or are attending a Halloween party, odds are, either candy, alcohol, or both will be involved. Follow these tips to ensure that your teeth don’t suffer the consequences of your Halloween festivities.
Halloween is a day when we consume more candy than any day all year, but it doesn’t have to be an all-day event. If you plan on having a candy feast on Halloween night, then do your smile a favor and choose a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner to compensate. Not only will your teeth be healthier, but you’ll have more energy for the fun you have planned at night.
If you’re going to pick one type of candy to avoid this Halloween, make it anything sticky. Although sticky candies like taffy are staples on Halloween, they also wreak havoc on your teeth. This is mostly because they leave a trail of sugar and candy particles that clings to your teeth with every bite. While you’re enjoying the rest of your bag, donate the sticky candy and taffy to someone else – your teeth will be much healthier for it.
Increasing your intake of water is wise on Halloween. Whether you’re a young adult who is looking forward to hitting a party and having some drinks or you’re a parent watching over your trick-or-treaters, staying hydrated with water yields benefits for your dental and overall health. Water can wash away much of the debris left on your teeth by candy, while leaving you hydrated and satiated, so remember your favorite water bottle this Halloween and keep your smile fresh.
This tip is huge – one of the worst things you could do after eating candy or drinking alcohol is to let that sugar and acid fester on your teeth throughout the night. Avoid this dental nightmare by remembering to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth following the day’s festivities. By removing the candy particles and debris from your teeth before bed, you can help prevent cavities that will harm your smile.
While the requirement to visit your dentist is twice per year, many people opt for a special appointment following Halloween. This check-up ensures that your mouth is clean, fresh, and healthy, even after all of the candy you may have consumed. Whether your teeth are bothering you or not, remember that our dental team in Wayne, PA is here for you. Contact us today!
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